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Reading Theater Project Announces 2022 5-Minute Fringe Festival

by Reading Theater Project

Feb 04, 2022

The Reading Theater Project is thrilled to announce the seventh annual 5-Minute Fringe Festival: wRESTling. This live theater production will feature new work by 13 playwrights and performers from around the region. Performances will be Thursday, February 24th,through Sunday, February 27th, at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn, Pennsylvania, 19609. All tickets are Pay What You Will with a recommended price of $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: readingtheaterproject.org/5-minute-fringe-2022/

Reading Theater Project’s 5-Minute Fringe Festival is a platform for performing artists to create something new, to challenge expectations, to experiment and explore new ideas, and to connect with an artistic community. Each year the festival features new and exciting work; this year audiences can look forward to short plays, monologues, dance, and music.

“Each year we choose a theme for the festival,” explained Artistic Director Vicki Haller Graff. “The theme guides the writers’ and performers’ work, and it unifies the performances for the audience. Wrestling was suggested, and it’s multiple meanings, plus “rest” resting in the middle of the word, give inspiration to the artists involved.”

Each night of the performance will be followed by a talkback so audience members can share observations and ask questions of the performers and writers.

In addition to Reading-based performing artists, people from Lancaster, the Lehigh Valley, and greater Philadelphia are involved and sharing their new work. Playwrights and performing artists selected for the production include Jewell Brown, Jimmy Damore, Erick Goldsmith, David Nice, Félix (Poncho) Peña, Adam Richter, Arielle Ridley, Megan Rose, Stormy Corrin Russel, Elaine Soltis, Jessica C. Warchal-King and Mikaela Krall, Rob Weidman, Eric Williams. The production will be directed by Sean Sassaman and stage managed by Jewell A. Brown.

The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused, professional theater company, based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA. We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition. For more information, visit readingtheaterproject.org or call 484-706-9719.

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